In Sports News: Byron Scott Out As The Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

Byron Scott will not return as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN.

In two seasons as head coach, Scott had a 38-126 record as the team missed the playoffs both seasons.


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Both seasons were the worst records in franchise history. Scott has the worst career win percentage among NBA coaches who have coached at least 1,000 games.

According to ESPN, the Lakers told Scott on Sunday they would not pick up his contract option for next season.

Scott had said he “absolutely” expected to remain the head coach of the Lakers back on April 15.

Scott, who spent 11 seasons with the Lakers as a player, won three championships with the team in the 80s.

The move comes as Lakers legend Kobe Bryant retired and the team was planning to rebuild with young talent.

But Scott faced criticism for his handling of young players during Bryant’s final season.

The Lakers dealt with several off-the-court distractions, including a leaked video that appeared to show rookie D’Angelo Russell recording a private conversation with veteran teammate Nick Young.

Russell, the second overall pick in the NBA draft last season, is viewed as an essential building block for the Lakers.

The Lakers are expected to have a high pick in the upcoming NBA draft after finishing with the second-worst record in the league.

The next head coach of the Lakers will be the team’s fifth since Phil Jackson left Los Angeles in 2011. Jackson captured five championships as head coach of the Lakers from 1999 through 2011.

DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.

Source: KABC

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